New Twist In The Gerald Washington Case

March 2, 2007
Reported by Vince Atkinson

It is the story that continues to surprise all of us.   We are talking about the mystery surrounding the death of Westlake Mayor Gerald Washington.   While his death was ruled a suicide by both State Police and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department, family members disagree.  Washington's family is having his body exhumed for yet another autopsy, but this one will be conducted by an independent forensic pathologist and it will be performed out of state.

The family of Gerald Washington has not pulled any punches when it comes to how they feel about the investigation surrounding the death of the Westlake Mayor-elect.   This case all started unfolding on December 30th when Washington was found shot to death in Mossville.

Two different official investigations found Washington's case to be a suicide, his family says it was murder and have even hired their own forensic team to investigate.   Washington family spokesman Lawrence Morrow said, "Instead of being tied in with the local and the state, they figured that an independent company can come in and do this, that way they will have closer."

Washington's body will be exhumed and his remains will be flown to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Morrow said, "They are going to be doing a complete postmortem examination and a report."  That report will be completed by well know forensic pathologist, attorney, and medical-legal consultant Cyril Wecht.  This is the same man that has lent his expertise to such high profile crimes as President John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, O. J. Simpson, and JonBenet Ramsey.

Gerald Washington's body will be exhumed this coming Wednesday at 2:30 PM.   He is currently buried at Perkins Cemetery in Westlake.   No word yet on when we can expect the results on this independent autopsy, but a Washington family spokesperson tells 7 News that it should be within the next several weeks, if not sooner.